Mickey Rourke has expressed sympathy with President George W Bush’s predicament in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, saying he does not know “how anyone could have handled” the situation.
The Hollywood actor, who is enjoying a career resurgence with his new film, The Wrestler, for which he won a Golden Globe on Sunday, also said it was “too easy” to blame Mr Bush for a host of global issues including terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism.
Unlike many of his Hollywood peers, who are vocal supporters of President Elect Barack Obama, Rourke said he had not followed last year’s historic election battle between Mr Obama and John McCain.
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Instead he spoke up for Mr Bush, who with just days of his presidency left, has the lowest approval rating since Richard Nixon resigned in 1974.
Rourke urged people to consider the pressures Mr Bush was under after the 2001 terror attacks and in the early days of the War on Terror.
“President Bush was in the wrong place at the wrong time, I don’t know how anyone could have handled this situation,” the actor said in an interview with GQ magazine.